Veterinary Interns for Kulan re-introduction in Kazakhstan

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Vacancy type:
Volunteering abroad
International Location

What we're looking for

Our partners are looking for two veterinary interns for a reintroduction program of Asiatic wild asses (“Kulan” Equus hemionus) in Kazakhstan this winter. RSPB are a project partner as part of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative which aims to restore the steppe grasslands of Central Kazakhstan.”

The skills you need

Veterinary training, “Adventure spirit” - Interest to live and work in a remote wilderness setting off the beaten track, ability to improvise, love of nature and winter conditions, curiosity and tolerance towards a different culture, social skills to share life and space in a cabin with others, and communication skills to keep us informed about developments at the field site.

Your time

Full time
Five months
October 2017-March 2018

What's in it for you?

What can you expect: i) First-hand experience with capture, anaesthesia, handling in Altyn Emel National Park and transport by helicopter of wild Asiatic wild asses (“kulan” Equus hemionus) to the release site, ii) Health, body score monitoring, and basic veterinary support of kulan in the adaptation enclosure on the Torgai steppe, where animals will be held in two large adaptation enclosures for up to 4 months, iii) Learn about ACBK conservation and research activities ( Possibility for own research project on veterinary or behavioural aspects of kulan (to be developed). Living conditions: The reintroduction site is located in the Torgai steppe – one of the largest remaining stretches of near-pristine steppe environment and a charismatic fauna including the world's largest Saiga population. At the reintroduction site there is a field station with kitchen, sleeping, and sanitary facilities (Russian banja) and a simple laboratory. The station is staffed by a minimum of two care takers year-round and has solar power and satellite telephone connection. The closest bigger town, Torgai, is ~130 km away. Ideally two interns come together

How to apply


Stephanie Ward, UKHQ RSPB Headquarters
Tel: 01767 680551


Please go to: for more information Contacts: Petra Kaczensky (; NINA, Norway, John Linnell (; NINA, Norway, and Chris Walzer (, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, helping to create a better world for all of us. We belong to BirdLife International, the global partnership of bird conservation organisations.

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